Stop dog bites in the community

May 21, 2014

A dog might be man’s best friend, but is it a letter carrier’s? Warmer temperatures mean children playing, letter carriers delivering, and dogs barking. Most dogs are safely behind a fence or on a leash. But sometimes a dog can be potentially dangerous.

More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Last year, 5,600 postal employees were victimized by dogs across the country. More than 2 million children receive dog bite injuries each year.

So, what can you do to avoid being bitten? Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves. Try to place something between yourself and the dog if you think you will be attacked.

What can a responsible dog owner do to keep the community safe? Take your dog to obedience training to learn proper behavior. Please keep your dog inside when the letter carrier comes to deliver the mail.

To learn more about dog bite prevention, go to www.avma.org.

Steve Webb
Rockford Postmaster

From the May 21-27, 2014, issue

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